Mrs. Somebody Somebody

Fiction

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
In this astonishing debut, Tracy Winn poignantly chronicles the souls who inhabit the troubled mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, playing out their struggles and hopes over the course of the twentieth century. Through a stunning variety of voices, Winn paints a deep and permeating portrait of the town and its people: a young millworker who dreams of marrying rich and becoming “Mrs. Somebody Somebody”; an undercover union organizer whose privileged past shapes her cause; a Korean War veteran who returns to the wife he never really got to know—and the couple’s overindulged children, who grow up to act out against their parents; a town resident who reflects on a long-lost love and the treasure he keeps close to his heart. Winn’s keen insight into class and human nature, combined with her perfect, nuanced prose, make Mrs. Somebody Somebody truly shine.

READING GUIDE

1. Which of the characters in this book do you identify with most? Why? Which characters would you want to spend more time with?

2. A character from one story often reappears in another, as do objects such as the red-striped music box. How do the reappearances of characters and things affect your emotional...

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PRAISE FOR

“Deeply satisfying, subtle, intelligent, and beautifully crafted . . . Tracy Winn writes with clarity and keen perception; her stories come together like a mosaic to create a compelling, deeply textured world.”—Kim Edwards, author of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
 
“A rare achievement . . . Winn’s characters struggle with unexpected losses and damaging habits . . . always questioning the hard truths that hold them in place.”—Atlantic Monthly
 
“When characters are brought to life with such vibrant nuance, they continue to live far beyond the page.”—Thisbe Nissen, author of Osprey Island
 
“Fans of literary fiction will savor Winn’s powerful debut.”—People, four stars
 
“Excellent . . . high on the list of must-read story collections.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review